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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, from J39 for B6261 to J40 for A66.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J39, B6261 (Shap) to J40, A66 (Penrith), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Duke of Edinburgh remembered as 'an amazing man' for charity

    Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington says the Duke of Edinburgh was responsible for saving Cumbria-based charity, the Outward Bound Trust, from going out of business more than 20 years ago.

    The charity, which is based in Penrith and runs outdoor education and adventure courses for young people, ran into financial difficulties in the 1990s.

    The duke joined Outward Bound as a Trustee in 1953, and became chairman, until being given the role of Patron from 1999-19.

    HRH Duke of Edinburgh with young people at Ullswater, August 2016

    Sir Chris said the duke showed decisive leadership: "He immediately stepped in and twisted the arms of some of his more wealthy trustees into actually putting up the money that Outward Bound needed to survive, and having done that he stepped in himself and sacked both the chairman and the one running it, and brought in his own people from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards."

    Sir Chris, who became involved with the Outward Bound around that time, remembers meetings being held at Buckingham Palace, with the duke chairing them.

    "I've never come across a person who chaired a meeting better, I learned a huge amount from him," he said.

    "He was firm, he was direct and let everyone have their say but the moment they started waffling or went off the point he firmly and courteously brought them back again. He had a wonderful sense of humour too."

    HRH Duke of Edinburgh with kit bags at Outward Bound Trust, Ullswater 2016
  3. Weather on the fells: Sunshine and light winds

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 0C to 2C (32F to 36F) in the morning, rising to 2C to 3C (35F to 37F) in the afternoon.
    • Winds: Mainly southerly winds, and mostly light but turning gentle later in the afternoon. Gusts around 10mph to 15mph.
    • Cloud: Skies will be clear at first, but patchy cloud will build in the afternoon, with bases above the summits around 3,300ft to 5,000ft (1,000m to 1,500m).
    • Weather: A bright and sunny start to the day. With a little patchy cloud in the afternoon, but some sunny spells in any breaks in the cloud. Staying dry throughout.
    • Visibility: Excellent.
    • Freezing level: Around 3,000ft (900m) at first, rising to above the summits for the afternoon.
  4. Blue plaque for Swallows and Amazons author

    The author of the Swallow and Amazons series of novels, which are set in the Lake District, has been honoured with an English Heritage London Blue Plaque.

    The plaque will mark the Gunter Grove home where Arthur Ransome lived in Chelsea in the early 1900s.

    The author, who died in 1967, is best known for the Swallows and Amazons novels, inspired by the children of friends and written while he lived in a Lake District cottage for 10 years.

    Coniston
  5. Sir Mo's support for Cumbrian marathon runner

    Sir Mo Farah has sent a message of support to a Cumbrian man who's running 110 marathons in 110 days.

    In a video message the athlete called Gary McKee, from Cleator Moor, "incredible".

    Mr McKee, 51, ran his first marathon on 1 February and hopes to complete his last one on 21 May.

    He is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and West Cumbria Hospice at Home.

    So far he's raised almost £55,000.

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  6. Walker taken to hospital after Coniston fall

    A woman hit her head when she slipped and fell while descending the Old Man of Coniston.

    Eighteen members of Coniston Mountain Rescue were involved in helping the woman, who had briefly been knocked unconscious by the fall.

    She was carried by stretcher and then flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to Furness General Hospital.

    Members of Coniston MRT and casualty
  7. Weather on the fells: Dry and sunny with light winds

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 0C to 1C (32F to 34F) in the morning, rising to 3C to 4C (37F to 39F) in the afternoon.
    • Winds: Winds will be light and easterly, with gusts around 10mph to 15mph.
    • Cloud: Patchy cloud at times today, with bases around 2,600ft to 3,300ft (800m to 1,000m) in the morning, rising to above the summits in the afternoon.
    • Weather: It will be a dry and sunny day throughout with a few patches of cloud.
    • Visibility: Generally excellent, but visibility may become very briefly moderate in any passing patchy cloud.
    • Freezing level: Around 2,300ft to 2,600ft (700m to 800m) at first, rising above the summits in the afternoon.
  8. Public health boss urges visitors to stay away from busy areas

    Cumbria's public health director says he'll be watching transmission figures on a daily basis as the county starts to open up to visitors.

    With the relaxation in lockdown restrictions on travel and staying away from home in self-contained holiday accommodation, visitor numbers are expected to increase.

    Colin Cox said: "The rates of transmission in Cumbria are down to about 15 per 100,000 per week in terms of new cases, so that's pretty low level and we're at the sort of levels we were seeing last summer and the roadmap rules then kept transmission low for several months."

    He's reminding people coming to the area to stick to the rule of six outdoors, ensure social distancing and to steer clear of busy areas, encouraging them to visit other areas than popular Lake District sites.

    "A lot of the bits of the economy that are starting to open up, and a lot of the people who are perhaps most interested in using them, are those who have perhaps not been vaccinated which is where the risk of great transmission comes in," Mr Cox said.

    "We would expect to see if there's going to be a rise in case rates, we'll see that probably not this week but starting to happen into next week and the week after."

    Colin Cox
    Quote Message: If people do stick to the roadmap and stick to the rules I think we can probably get away with what we're doing now safely in terms of the relaxation of the roadmap." from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox
  9. Weather on the fells: Patchy cloud, sunny spells and light winds

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: -2C to -1C (28F to 30F) at first, rising to 0C to 2C (32F to 36F) later.
    • Winds: Winds will be northwesterly, and light or gentle. Gusts up to 15mph to 20mph.
    • Cloud: There will a few patches of cloud around at times throughout the day, with bases around 1,000ft to 2,000ft (300m to 600m) at first, rising to around 2,000ft to 3,300ft (600m to 1000m) later.
    • Weather: There will be patchy cloud at times, bringing the odd shower, but in-between these, there will be sunny spells.
    • Visibility: Generally excellent, but visibility may become briefly poor in any showers or passing lower cloud.
    • Freezing level: Around 1,300ft to 1,600ft (400m to 500m) at first, rising to around 3,000ft (900m) later.
  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J38 for A685 and J39 for B6261.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J38, A685 (Tebay) and J39, B6261 (Shap), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Shoppers brave freezing temperatures in Carlisle

    Jade Taylorson

    BBC Cumbria reporter

    Hardy shoppers braved the queues in temperatures of -4C (25F) this morning.

    Non-essential shops and beauty salons can now open their doors in England and Wales, as Covid rules are eased across the UK.

    One group of women had been waiting for 40 minutes for Primark to reopen.

    Shoppers queuing in Carlisle